Freo's View


Posted in art, fremantle, indian ocean by freoview on March 18, 2017

Ships That Pass is a stunning art show by Jo Darbyshire and Penny Coss in Fremantle’s most stunning art gallery, PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

The historic huge warehouse space invites artists to create an installation with their work and Darbyshire and Coss have achieved that.

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing.

Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;

So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,

Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 1874

The exhibition is open for three weeks till April 18.

Next Saturday, March 25 from 1-2 pm the artists will discuss their work with guest artist Michelle Elliott, the author of Scylla-bodies-water.

I really love this exhibition, so make sure to go and view it and while there have some great coffee and food at Cafe 37.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on October 1, 2016

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A three-metre long baby whale was discovered on Fremantle’s Bathers Beach right in front of the Bathers Beach House pub this morning and rangers were keeping a watchful eye over it in the very stormy conditions.

It is always a sad sight to see dead animals, especially these huge creatures of the oceans.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, climate change, environment, global warming, western australia by freoview on August 30, 2016

A report on Channel Nine TV last night by Jane Grljusich painted a wet future for the west end of Fremantle where rising sea levels due to global warming will see many coastal properties disappear in the Indian Ocean unless seawalls are being built.

Grljusich talked about flooded cellars in the west of Fremantle that already require 24/7 pumping by the building owners.

The predicted higher ocean levels would see the Roundhouse become an island and even flooding of the Esplanade, so the state and federal governments need to become pro-active in making plans on how to protect Fremantle’s coast line and significant heritage area.

There is a Cockburn Sound Coastal Alliance where the cities of Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Rockingham work together and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the TV reporter a plan will be released in a few weeks.

I have wondered for a long time why governments still allow so much development very close to the coast, as at Coogee for example, and wonder if insurance companies are still willing to insure properties in locations where rising seawater levels will create flooding and damage.

Are people naive or just don’t care that their expensive houses might get flooded or destroyed in 15-20 years from now, and what responsibility do governments have when releasing coastal land for development?

And to add insult too injury and make life even worse for us is a report from Brazil that climate change will cut coffee production by 50%, which no doubt will mean much higher prices for coffee in caffeine-mad Freo in the future.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on May 26, 2016

Congratulations to the Glen Cowans Photography Gallery next to the Fremantle Roundhouse, which received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for constant good reviews about the gallery and the stunning underwater photos.

If you haven’t been to the gallery it is well worth a visit as it will open your eyes to the mind-blowing beauty under water in the oceans of the world. Glen is an absolute perfectionist and takes sublime photos.

Sad to see the demise of yet another art gallery at Captain’s Lane with the Wild Twig Gallery closing suddenly. The concept of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct needs to be looked at with fresh eyes and an open mind, because at present it is not working and many artists are struggling.

The precinct needs more, more creative and better support from the City of Fremantle and deserves to be promoted a whole lot better and the Walyalup Aboriginal Culture Centre also needs to start contributing with more events out on the grass that attracts people to the area.

Roel Loopers



Posted in cruiseship, fremantle, tourism by freoview on March 20, 2016

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Two giants of the ocean are in Fremantle Port today with the 2260 passengers Costa Luminosa joining the  261 metre-long Sun Princess this morning. It is a very impressive sight so go have a look at it!

I am surprised there is no shuttle bus offered to the train station for the cruise ship passengers. When they arrive in Fremantle both sides of the railway line resemble the migration of the crabs on Christmas Island, with the mainly older passengers pulling their suitcases behind them toward the station.

Someone with a small bus with trailer could charge just $ 2 per passenger and make a nice bit of extra cash on the days the cruisers come to Freo. Any takers?

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, joides resolution, oceans by freoview on July 1, 2015


I noticed an interesting ship coming into Fremantle port this morning, so had to check it out of course. It is the JOIDES Resolution, an ocean drilling vessel that is studying the oceans of the Earth and paleoclimate through scientific drilling.

Roel Loopers



Posted in climate change, fremantle by freoview on December 15, 2014

The Kwinana Freeway Foreshore Management Plan put together by the W.A. State Government is concerned about future flooding of the freeway along the river due to climate change. Experts believe that sea levels will rise by 90 centimetres by 2110 according to a report in the Sunday Times.

It is suggested that to prevent freeway flooding to put a storm barrier in the Swan river behind Fremantle port, but I wonder where the surge of rising water would go then. Wouldn’t it flood areas in front of that water barrier and affect the Fremantle and North Fremantle foreshores?

Roel Loopers



Posted in christmas, fremantle by freoview on December 3, 2014

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Fantastic Fremantle underwater photographer Glen Cowans has embraced the Christmas mood and put a snorkling Father Christmas at his studio gallery next to the Round House, so take the kids for a photo or do a selfie!

Glen sells superb photos small and big so great Christmas presents for every purse!

The Glen Cowans Studio Santa is already very popular with overseas visitors.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle, perth by freoview on December 4, 2012

For all those already living near the Perth coast or who are contemplating to build close to the Indian Ocean, it is time to rethink your plans  and future, or start taking swimming lessons, buy floaties and wetsuits and become experts at making sandbags, because your homes are under threat from rising sea levels.

Australian Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese called the findings of the State of Australian Cities Report that sea levels on our W.A. coast rise three times faster than the global average “disturbing and extraordinary.” While the global average for rising sea levels is only 3mm per year it is nearly 10mm on the Perth coast.

I have for years been wondering why authorities allow low level development near the coast. One only has to look at Fremantle‘s South Beach, the Coogee marina development and the plans for more of that near the old South Fremantle power station. It is staggering that we don’t have long term plans to combat the effects of global warming and rising sea levels and that we make it the problem of the next generations, while our governments now should stop development so close to the rising ocean.

Perth is the fastest growing capital city in Australia, so future problems with rising sea levels will be massive and likely to cost in the billions of dollars.

Roel Loopers


Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on September 11, 2012

Great work by Fremantle MP Melissa Parke resulted today in Environment Minister Tony Burke announcing in Canberra that the Dutch supertrawler Magiris, recently renamend to Abel Tasman, will not be allowed to hunt for fish in Australian waters for at least two years, until a scientific study has been conducted on the impact of the huge fishing vessel.

There were protests all over Australia against the supertrawler, two recently in Fremantle and one in Perth. People power and community outrage demanded that our politicians would not allow the trawler to operate in Australia, and they listened.

Roel Loopers

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